Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Huskies versus the Jaguars? Tip off is at at 3:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Mitchell Center in Mobile, AL. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 150 points, and South Alabama is favored by -5 vs. Northern Illinois.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES VS SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Northern Illinois Huskies +5

This game will be played at Mitchell Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-72 in favor of the Jaguars.
  • Even though we have South Alabama winning straight-up, we like Northern Illinois at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 150 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Does Northern Illinois Have a Shot at a Road Win?

On the season, Northern Illinois has been an underdog in 17 of their 22 games, and they have gone 4-13 in those games. Their average scoring margin on the road is -8.3 points per game, and they are 3-8 away from home this year.

Most recently, the Huskies defeated Miami (OH) by a score of 62-59. Over their last ten road games, they have gone 3-7, and their record on the road this year is 3-8.

As the underdog, Northern Illinois has struggled against the spread this season, going just 5-12. Their ATS record on the road is 4-7, and in their last 10 games as the underdog, they are just 1-9 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Northern Illinois games sits at 12-8, and today’s line of 150 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (152.3). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, including three of their last five.

In their most recent game, the Northern Illinois offense put up just 62 points vs. the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Overall, they are now averaging 76 points per game which is 142nd in the country. David Coit is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 19.2 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Zarique Nutter brings a PPG average of 15.8 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Northern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 78.7 points per contest. The Northern Illinois defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 59 points and allowed Miami (OH) to connect on 10 threes.

Can the Jaguars Hold Strong at Home?

South Alabama will look to improve upon its 5-4 home record when it faces Northern Illinois today. The Jaguars are favored by 5 points and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, South Alabama is 11-13, including a 4-8 record in Sun Belt games. The Jaguars have gone 4-8 on the road this season, and they enter this game with a four-game losing streak away from home.

South Alabama has an ATS record of 11-10 this season. At home, their ATS mark is 5-4. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Jaguars are 6-4 vs. the spread.

South Alabama has an over/under record of 11-10 this season and today’s line of 150 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (144.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points compared to their season average of 150.2 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Jaguars’ offense tallied 78 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.4 points per game. On the offensive front, the Jaguars have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 278th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 249th in terms of percentage and 193rd in three-pointers made.

Coming into the game, South Alabama will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 77.5 points per game (286th). In their previous game vs. Georgia Southern, the Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 48% and a total of 65 points vs. South Alabama.